Dream Big & Buy The Shoes

October 19, 2016

Current Beauty Loves & Likes

Between having some bad days and the constant urge to shop, my online purchases have been rolling in lately. I thought I would do my good deed as a woman and fill you in on what I'm loving...and what I'm only liking or may not purchase again. 

I have been looking for a product that helps make me look more refreshed in the morning, and this is it.  The retinol works deep down to help prevent wrinkles, give an even skin tone and manage breakouts (that unfortunately have been worse during that time of the month). The Night Revolve Retinol Serum has been a lifesaver for my tired skin lately. I've professed my love for Valentia products before, and this one doesn't disappoint either. I swear by their stuff!

Not only is the packaging cute on these vitamins, but wow do they work wonders. I've been using the Eu Natural Vibrance Vitamins to make my hair stronger and healthier and the results are great. If you're looking for something to help stimulate hair growth and strength, Eu Natural has a 90 day guarantee, so you can try them out risk free! It's a win- win for sure. The biotin has done wonders for my hair, and then I had a bold moment and cut four inches off Friday...nothing like needing a change!

Revitalash has been in my bathroom cabinet for about six months. After having lash extensions (twice) I did see some breakage to my natural lashes. Revitalash has made my lashes amazing again and really helped the length. I wasn't noticing results at first, so give this product at least  30 days to kick in and use it religiously. I have debated posting about the truth on lash extensions, so let me know if it's something you're interested in hearing.

Just last week I purchased the Too Faced Lip Injection in Spice Girl from Sephora. I am loving the color, but it's not making my lips look any different. It definitely tingles and smells awful in the tube, like burnt skin from a tanning bed (no joke) so I'm not thrilled at all with this purchase. I read mixed reviews but overall it got 4 stars, so I went with it and definitely won't purchase it again. 

On the opposite, I am loving the NYX Liquid Suede in Cherry Skies. I grabbed it in the grocery store (another thing I love about NYX products) before our trip to Boston and have had some great compliments on it. It's the perfect fall color and comes at a great price too. Of course, Lindsay recommended this one, she always has great tips.

I picked up these Sephora Cleansing & Exfoliation Wipes in store and have been pretty pleased with how well they work. I got the Coconut Water scent and am anxious to see what the others smell like. I was paying $9 or $10 for 20 wipes of the Dickinson's brand I was using so this is definitely more for my money, and they have them at my local Sephora where I don't have to wait like I was for the other brand from Amazon.

Another Sephora purchase from the past few months is the Boscia Luminizing Black Mask and was really excited to get in the mail. Unfortunately I've been pretty bummed by the results. I don't notice much of a difference after using it and I hate how messy it is, especially in a bathroom with white counters. I think I'll stick to my other stockpile of masks in between using this one up.

Last but not least is my new saving grace for this curly head. One of the perks of my job is learning about so many beauty products in the salon and spa industry. We had an Oribe educator come in and give us some product knowledge. Little did I know that this Oribe Curl Control Silkening Creme would be my new best friend. When my hair was at my previous length I used about a nickel size on towel dried hair for the most beautiful blowout that lasts about 6 days. Only on days 5 and 6 would I need a little dry shampoo. I love how soft it made my coarse, curly hair too. Try it out if you're looking for a new straightening product curly girls!

Tell me, what are some of your current beauty loves?

Special thanks to BrandBacker for supplying a few of my latest loves described in this post. All opinions are always my own and sometimes may be bold, but especially brutally honest. ;)

October 17, 2016

That Time I Fell In Love With Boston

I visited Boston as a child, and have no recollection of specific places or events, but only remember loving it. When Chuck and I were choosing a place to spend our one year anniversary I offered up Boston and he agreed since it was somewhere he's never been.

I can't begin to tell you how beautiful Boston is, and if you've never been there...you NEED to go. There are so many beautiful spots of the city and something for everyone to enjoy. We spent 5 days and 4 nights and had such a wonderful time. I plan on recapping the trips in several posts, so stay tuned for the full tour.

First, I want to share my absolute favorite parts of the trip (how about all of them). I've narrowed it down to a handful for the sake of time, but seriously...we enjoyed everything we did and saw.

I grew up watching the classic TV show Cheers with my dad and was thrilled when we saw the first bar. After meeting up with Biana, she filled me in that it was a replica and the original was in the Beacon Hill area. I felt like a fool for being so excited in a Cheers that wasn't the OG, so the next day on our Old Town Trolley Tour of Boston it was a must stop for us and I was over the top pumped. As the theme song played while we pulled up to Cheers I was like a kid waiting for Christmas morning. We enjoyed lunch downstairs while sipping on a Bloody Mary and then made our way upstairs to see the set bar. It was quite the fun experience!

boston cheers

beacon hill cheers

If I lived in Boston, I would have to work here because I wouldn't want to leave. Even if libraries aren't your thing, this is a must see and can be found in Copley Square. Never in my life have I seen something so gorgeous and serene and magical...it was all these things in one. The first day we visited there were numerous brides taking pictures outside on the iconic steps, students inside hard at work studying, and other tourists just like us.
It was almost closing time when we were there on Saturday, so Sunday morning we ventured back to see more. We got there right when the library was opening and the line to get in was like people attending an event. Since it was the first free municipal library in the United States it is a beautiful piece of history and you can even get tours from volunteers.

things to do in boston

must do in boston

I have wanted to visit a Georgetown Cupcake for years. Ethan and I used to watch DC Cupcakes on TLC and I love the sisters who own it, Katherine and Sophie. We were walking around Sunday afternoon and passed a girl wearing a Georgetown Cupcake shirt and I said to Chuck- YES! Georgetown Cupcakes! Five minutes later Chuck said "You know there's one a few blocks away, right?" He assumed since she was wearing a shirt, she worked there...and he was right because later we saw here when we visited.
I didn't even realize there was one in Boston and was so excited to go since we planned on visiting the area that day. I enjoyed a double milk chocolate birthday cake cupcake and wish it wasn't so hot out because I would have bought a whole dozen! If you love cupcakes like I do, it's definitely a fun, cheery place to enjoy some sweets.

georgetown cupcake newbury

One of the best parts of blogging is getting to know other people and forming relationships with those who share similar interests. When we finalized plans for Boston I contacted Biana and found out she was going to be out of town over the weekend but we were going to try and meet up during the day on Friday. She took time out of her busy work day and met Chuck and I for coffee by her office. It was so nice getting to know her better and sit and chat with her in person. She filled us in on some must-do and see things in the city and shared the best place to get cannoli's which we immediately hit up. Biana was just as sweet as I imagined she would be and we totally appreciated her taking the time to enjoy some Starbucks with Chuck and I. I bet it's so fun to live in such a beautiful city, thanks Biana for everything!

Enjoying a trip alone with my husband
Chuck and I hadn't taken a trip alone in the whole 9 years we've been together. Whether it was a family trip, visiting out of town family, going to friend's weddings or traveling with friends...we have never been alone, just the two of us. I swear our 5 days away felt like 5 weeks and it was so enjoyable and much needed for us both. I was going through our pictures and realize we don't have a bunch of the two of us besides some selfies, and next trip I vow to ask some strangers to take pictures. I guess I forgot what it was like to travel without a friend willing to snap a shot. I'm so thankful for our getaway and will never forget the great time we had.

There will be more about where we visited, what you must see, and other fun tidbits. I can't wait to share more about our trip to Boston.

Tell me...have you ever been to Boston? What's your favorite part?
Linking up with Biana for Weekending!

October 14, 2016

Celebrate We Will

"Celebrate we will. 
Because life is short but sweet for certain
We're climbing two by two
To be sure these days continue
These things we cannot change"

I love me some Dave Matthews Band...classic goodness right there. Today is my husband's birthday, and in true Emelia form I'm going to celebrate in every way possible. After what he recently went through I kind of want to throw the biggest party ever to shower him with love, and at the same time just want to sit in sweatpants on our couch in our perfect little home enjoying a nice quiet night as a family. I'm one of those crazy believers that thinks you should celebrate every day, and any occasion...so I get crazy excited for birthdays. 

This year I'm a little more thankful and have some wishes for my sweet husband on his birthday.

I wish for you...strength. Your mental strength the past few weeks has left me speechless. I am so proud of you every day and pray you keep it up.

I wish for you...excitement. You make every day fun for me and I hope that you find something awesome and wonderful about each day you live.

I wish for you...pride. I love watching you constantly reach new goals and do great things and it makes me so proud to be your wife. I hope you find that pride inside yourself and hold on to it tight.

I wish for you...new adventures. You're my favorite person to do new things with and experience new places. May this year bring even more fun and a few new cities on our map together. 

Happy Birthday Husband. I am happy you're mine and wouldn't change this life of ours. No matter the hurdle, the dream, the sickness, or the day...I want to be by your side and on your team. 

October 12, 2016

What Life Is Like When You're Grateful & Scared All At The Same Time

I'll start by saying thank you. Thank you to everyone who has reached out regarding the scary news we received about my husband a few weeks ago. I truly believe that the calls, messages, e-mails, prayers, love and thoughts along with my husband's mental strength have tremendously helped us pull through this time. Anyone who's been around these parts knows that he and my Stepson are my world, and not too long ago our world was shaken up.

I have so many drafts of posts and ideas and great things that I want to talk about here on the blog, but today my mindset isn't quite there with any of those posts. I miss sitting down to write every day while I've been a little absent lately, so I thought I would let you know what's on my mind lately in the midst of being grateful and scared all at the same time.

Chuck suffered from something medically that kept him in the hospital for a while, and while I'm currently writing this he is finally HOME. It's felt like months since we've been home together as a family since right before this happened we were on vacation for our anniversary in Boston. Ethan has been such a trooper through all this and our family and friends have been extremely supportive and helpful. I would not have made it through these past few weeks without all of that help and them.

I'm grateful Chuck is alive and will be okay....but I'm scared for day to day life the next bit of time. It's something we're not used to and I know I get anxious easily. I'm scared my anxiety will hinder his recovery.

I'm grateful Ethan is handling things as best as he can...but I'm scared he's not expressing his true feelings to us. He's a sensitive soul and I just want him to be okay.

I'm grateful for my home and my bed and things like the smell of home. You never realize how much those things mean to you until they're taken away. I kept taking Chuck blankets from home to the hospital so he could have something close to him from our safe place.

I'm grateful for tomorrow...but I'm scared to not know what it brings. I'm such a planner, sometimes to a fault. I have been living off of a planner lately and making sure to write every little thing down, even things like making a phone call or doing something simple like laundry. I'm scared I'm driving myself insane or missing something.

If I can leave you with one thing today, it's to remember to be grateful for something every day. I had a thought last week about life as I laid on my bed for far too long after a shower (tell me I'm not the only one that does that). Sometimes your little things are someone else's big things...the beautiful thing is that we are all given the same ability to dream.
Life can definitely be rough sometimes but don't forget to take a breather and put yourself in a positive place where you can remember what you're grateful for, even if it's something as small as the smell of home.

Again, thank you for your kind comments and sweet thoughts. I appreciate all of your love and friendship so very much.

Dream Big and Stay Grateful.